Hospice is a philosophy of care that is designed to reduce both the physical pain and emotional suffering of patients during their final stages of illness. Contrary to what many people think, Hospice is not a physical place but rather a service that comes to wherever people live, whether an Assisted Living Facility, Skilled Nursing Facility, Hospital, or Home.
Interdisciplinary Team Approach: The Patient and Family Caregiving Network is the center of all Hospice Care coordination. The Care Team – including your patient’s Attending Physician, Hospice Medical Director, Nurses, and Pharmacist – will help to control pain, monitor symptoms, supply medications, and provide equipment to meet the care needs. They will discuss medical options with you and your loved ones, allowing you to determine your preferred course of care.
Skilled Nursing: Registered Nurses work closely with the patient’s physician to provide pain and symptom management. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to changing needs and concerns.
Social Work: Social Workers provide emotional support, counseling, and assistance with community resources to meet the patient’s care needs.
Spiritual Care: Skilled counselors address the spiritual and emotional issues facing both patients and their families, regardless of faith. Their support provides peace and comfort when it matters most.
Grief Counseling & Bereavement: Grief Counselors are available to Caregivers and their families at any time, both during and after Hospice Services. For more information about Counseling & Bereavement Services
Personal Care & Homemaking: Hospice Aides assist patients with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, dental care, and other aspects of personal hygiene. They also support the family and Caregivers by providing light housekeeping to keep the home environment safe and comfortable.
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies: The primary role of the Therapist is to help families and Caregivers to support daily living activities with the safety of the patients in mind.
Complimentary Therapies: Complimentary Therapies such as music and massage are available to relieve pain and improve quality of life.
Volunteers: Volunteers lend a helping hand with daily tasks, offer a listening ear, or provide companionship and a friendly smile. These dedicated individuals live in the communities we serve and want to contribute to others in a meaningful way. Volunteers receive comprehensive orientation and training, as well as ongoing support and supervision. For more information